Famous for her rainbow-bright energy and delightfully cartoonish stage antics (we see you, Left Shark!), Katy Perry on Sunday opted for a more serious, emotional vibe at the 57th annual Grammy Awards.
Following a powerful video message from President Barack Obama about domestic abuse, Perry — draped in a long white gown — took to the stage to sing “By the Grace of God,” a ballad about an unhealthy relationship off her 2013 album Prism.
Additionally, Perry was joined on stage by Texas-based domestic abuse survivor Brooke Axtell, who performed a written-word piece about her personal experience in a violent relationship.
“Authentic love does not devalue a human being,” Axtell said. “If you’re in a relationship with someone who does not honor and respect you, I want you to know you are worthy of love. Please reach out for help; your voice will save you.”
It was heavy, and it was important.
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“It’s an honor to collaborate with Katy in this way,” Axtell recently told People. “She has been very devoted to various aspects of female empowerment. It’s going to bring a lot of encouragement and freedom to those who hear my story and know that they are not alone in this.”
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